Watching the Skies: Update October 2008

A few months ago Tor.com opened a limited time offer of free eBooks, including the Kindle-edible format of Mobipocket, and I noted that I would be watching the skies for new books in the Kindle store by those authors. In particular, the second, third, etc. books of the various series whose first hit book was part of the original offer (now expired).

Well, now is the update, which is a bit late in coming. These are books in addition to what was mentioned in the previous watching the skies series.

Tobias S. Buckell

He brought you Crystal Rain, and now the third book of this loose series is available. Sly Mongoose and Crystal Rain, as well as the second book Ragamuffin, are set in the same world, but are otherwise stand-alone novels.

Sly Mongoose by Tobias S. Buckell

Buy: 16.01

Peter David

As previously mentioned, along with other books, also a zillion Star Trek books. Here’s a collection of the highest-rated ones, including the classic Imzadi.

And yes, there is a slight Star Trek nerd hidden inside me, though I’ve been out of touch since season 2 of Deep Space Nine, except for a random look at Voyager and then Enterprise, at which point I lost all hope.

Anyways!…

Imzadi by Peter David

Buy: 3.60

The Next Generation classic.

The Captain’s Daughter by Peter David

Buy: 4.79

Star Trek movies II – VI, Captain Sulu!

The Siege by Peter David

Buy: 3.99

Deep Space Nine.

Dark Allies by Peter David

Buy: 4.74

Part of the hit series of adventures of the U.S.S. Excalibur.

Renaissance by Peter David

Buy: 5.59

Excaliber crew sent across the world; a focus on Dr. Selar, a female Vulcan. Now I want to buy this book to erase Enterprise‘s… hm… how shall I describe it… complete and utter violation of Vulcan biology.

David Drake

He brought you Lord of the Isles; another book in the long, long running series are available:

Servant of the Dragon by David Drake

Buy: 6.39

Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

They brought you The Outstretched Shadow, and now book two of the Obsidian trilogy is available, as well as two books of the successive Enduring Flame trilogy (more of the latter are not yet available in any form):

To Light a Candle by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

Buy: 7.19

Book 2 of the Obsidian trilogy.

The Phoenix Unchained by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

Buy: 7.99

Book 1 of the Enduring Flame trilogy.

The Phoenix Endangered by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

Buy: 9.99

Book 2 of the Enduring Flame trilogy.

Jane Lindskold

She brought you Through Wolf’s Eyes; books 3, 4, and 5 of that series are now available, with 4 and 5 mentioned before, leaving the third:

Wolf Hunting by Jane Lindskold

Buy: 7.19

L. E. Modesitt

I… do not know where to start with him, since he’s one of the super-prolific writers with several series to his name. He brought you Flash, so let’s begin with that and cover his stand-alone novels. There’s much more available, including entire series, in both fantasy and science fiction.

Archform: Beauty by L.E. Modesitt

Buy: 6.99

The sequel to Flash in the Archform duology.

The Eternity Artifact by L. E. Modesitt

Buy: 7.19

Stand-alone science fiction.

Adiamante by L. E. Modesitt

Buy: 5.59

Stand-alone science fiction.

The Elysium Commission by L. E. Modesitt

Buy: 7.99

Stand-alone science fiction.

Brandon Sanderson

He of Mistborn: The Final Empire fame. Now available is the rest of the trilogy:

The Well of Ascension: Book Two of Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Buy: 9.99

The Hero of Ages: Book Three of Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Buy: 9.99

John Scalzi

He of Old Man’s War fame. All his books are now in the shop. The latest among them are:

The Last Colony by John Scalzi

Buy: 7.99

Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi

Buy: 9.99

Robert Charles Wilson

He brought you Spin (and others). Added to the list is now:

The Chronoliths by Robert Charles Wilson

Buy: 9.99

I’ll try to keep a sharper eye out for updates when possible. There’s no way to sort by “just added” in the Kindle Store, only by publication date, and even so sometimes that’s very, very off.

Possibly messing around with AWS will have better results.

Watching the Skies: Tor eBook watch for 7/31, part 3

Part 1 and Part 2; and now the last bit, Part 3. These folks are especially prolific and should provide weeks, if not months, of reading time.

Kage Baker (In the Garden of Iden)
Jeffrey Carver (Battlestar Galactica)
L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (Flash)
Peter David (Darkness of the Light)

Watching the Skies: Tor eBook watch for 7/31, part 2

While we’re all waiting for the various eBook deals for Tor to pass, here’s some Kindle material from the “free e-book bonanza” authors that’s available right now.

Part 1 is here. Part 3 comes tomorrow. Meanwhile, here’s part 2.

David Drake (Lord of the Isles)
Jane Lindskold (Through Wolf’s Eyes)
Harry Turtledove (The Disunited States of America)
Karl Schroeder (Sun of Suns)
  • Permanence – Stand-alone science fiction novel
  • Special: Ventus – free directly from Karl Schroeder’s site
Peter Watts (Starfish)
John C. Wright (Orphans of Chaos)

Watching the Skies: Tor eBook Watch for 7/31, part 1

There’s been some excitement and consternation caused by Tor.com‘s free eBook bonanza promotion, now expired. Right now, while deals are in progress, many of the books do not currently have electronic versions of all of the rest of their series.

I’m going to keep watching the skies for all the authors featured in the bonanza and announcing on Spontaneous Derivation when they show up.

In the meantime, here are the currently available Kindle eBooks for the five of the “bonanza” authors (more to follow in parts 2, 3, 4, 5 later), so get reading!

John Scalzi (Old Man’s War)
Robert Charles Wilson (Spin)
Jo Walton (Farthing)
  • The King’s Name – Actually, the second of two books in her alternate universe King Arthur
Mercedes Lackey (The Outstretched Shadow)
Tobias S. Buckell (Crystal Rain)
Multiple short stories at less than $1 a pop:

Fun Facts About Tor’s Free eBooks Authors, Part 3


Photography: John Pastor

This is the last entry in this short series about the authors featured at Tor’s Freebies Bonanza.

Here’s part 1 and part 2.

Onwards…

In the Garden of Iden – Science Fiction – Book 1 of a Series
by Kage Baker

A long series with an incredible amount of books about time-traveling cyborgs who work for a villain—and he’s already won the battle of good and evil (I mean, he can send cyborgs traveling through time). A free audio book of a novella set in this world is available from Subterranean Press.

In the Midnight Hour – Fantasy – Book 1 of a Series
by Patti O’Shea

Sometimes the desire of getting published pushes would-be-pro-writers over the edge. Patti tells you why you shouldn’t.

Battlestar Galactica – Science Fiction – TV Series Novelization
by Jeffrey A. Carver

It’s hard to do a great novelization, but he manages it. His site is full of fun things like Jeaves’ (an AI featured in his other books) treatise on Faith and Writing, links to his short stories online, and some unusually sage writing advice.

Flash – Science Fiction – Stand-alone
by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

He thinks an awful lot about society, government, economics, etc. One of the few writers who discuss these aspects in detail on their blogs (actually, one of the few bloggers to do it intelligently as well).

Soul – Science Fiction – Stand-alone
by Tobsha Learner

She’s got a video about her work, bibliography, and inspiration. She starts talking about Soul at the 2:10 mark.

Darkness of the Light – Fantasy – Stand-alone
by Peter David

He’s done lots and lots and lots of stuff, from TV episodes to adaptations to novels to comics. He’s also been blogging since ’02. Interesting entreis of late include how he proposed to his wife at the Adventurer’s Club and the twenty best ass-kickings in movies.

Three Shadows – Fantasy – Stand-alone Graphic Novel
by Cyril Pedrosa

He has a guest blog entry over at FirstSecond Books named There’s No Such Thing as a Graphic Novel, where he talks about comic books and the language of sequential art.

And that’s the last of the lot. Whew. It’s a lot of work stalking researching authors and suchlike, but also very informative. I’ve found quite a few treasured links I’ll be visiting back (right now the StarRigger site sticks in my head) and probably downloading to my Kindle.

… yikes, I need to put that 8GB flash card into my little Kindle soon…

Fun Facts About Tor's Free eBooks Authors, Part 3


Photography: John Pastor

This is the last entry in this short series about the authors featured at Tor’s Freebies Bonanza.

Here’s part 1 and part 2.

Onwards…

In the Garden of Iden – Science Fiction – Book 1 of a Series
by Kage Baker

A long series with an incredible amount of books about time-traveling cyborgs who work for a villain—and he’s already won the battle of good and evil (I mean, he can send cyborgs traveling through time). A free audio book of a novella set in this world is available from Subterranean Press.

In the Midnight Hour – Fantasy – Book 1 of a Series
by Patti O’Shea

Sometimes the desire of getting published pushes would-be-pro-writers over the edge. Patti tells you why you shouldn’t.

Battlestar Galactica – Science Fiction – TV Series Novelization
by Jeffrey A. Carver

It’s hard to do a great novelization, but he manages it. His site is full of fun things like Jeaves’ (an AI featured in his other books) treatise on Faith and Writing, links to his short stories online, and some unusually sage writing advice.

Flash – Science Fiction – Stand-alone
by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

He thinks an awful lot about society, government, economics, etc. One of the few writers who discuss these aspects in detail on their blogs (actually, one of the few bloggers to do it intelligently as well).

Soul – Science Fiction – Stand-alone
by Tobsha Learner

She’s got a video about her work, bibliography, and inspiration. She starts talking about Soul at the 2:10 mark.

Darkness of the Light – Fantasy – Stand-alone
by Peter David

He’s done lots and lots and lots of stuff, from TV episodes to adaptations to novels to comics. He’s also been blogging since ’02. Interesting entreis of late include how he proposed to his wife at the Adventurer’s Club and the twenty best ass-kickings in movies.

Three Shadows – Fantasy – Stand-alone Graphic Novel
by Cyril Pedrosa

He has a guest blog entry over at FirstSecond Books named There’s No Such Thing as a Graphic Novel, where he talks about comic books and the language of sequential art.

And that’s the last of the lot. Whew. It’s a lot of work stalking researching authors and suchlike, but also very informative. I’ve found quite a few treasured links I’ll be visiting back (right now the StarRigger site sticks in my head) and probably downloading to my Kindle.

… yikes, I need to put that 8GB flash card into my little Kindle soon…

Fun Facts About Tor’s Free eBooks Authors, Part 2


Photography: tvol

More about some of the authors featured at Tor’s Freebies Bonanza. Here was part 1.

Onwards…

Reiffen’s Choice – Fantasy – Book 1 of a Series
by S. C. Butler

I don’t know if he likes bears in real life, but he does like writing about shape-shifting ones. Also, he writes a monthly column for SF Novelists, with entries like Why I Like Jane Austen and E.E. “Doc” Smith.

Sun of Suns – Science Fiction – Book 1 of a Series
by Karl Schroeder

Among other things (like being a cool user of Plone), he’s involved with technological foresight work for the Canadian government.
You can also get another novel of his, Ventus, for free at his website.

Four and Twenty Blackbirds – Alternate History – Book 1 of a Series
by Cherie Priest

Gal blogs a lot; hooray for writers-what-are-bloggers! And also she’s got a really good About page, as well as columns over at SF Novelists.

Spirit Gate – Fantasy – Book 1 of a Series
by Kate Elliott

Here’s another site of hers with great articles related to writing. She’s also been featured on John Scalzi’s The Big Idea series.

Starfish – Science Fiction – Book 1 of a Series
by Peter Watts

He knows cool stuff about marine animals! His older novels and short stories are available on his site for download under the Creative Commons License. PDFs are available for all, and MobiPocket for the books.

Touch of Evil – Fantasy – Book 1 of Series
by C. T. Adams and Cathy Clamp

A dynamic duo in paranormal romance, it’s rare that two authors can work in tandem so well. (They each have also published separately.) Cathy also wrote a list of articles about writing.

A Shadow in Summer – Fantasy – Book 1 of a Series
by Daniel Abraham

His short story, The Cambist and Lord Iron, is 2008 Hugo nominee. He has a great deal to say about fiction and writing.

Orphans of Chaos – Fantasy – Book 1 of a Series
by John C. Wright

His blog is quite fun to read and I highly recommend it. Bloggers try not to bore; he doesn’t seem to have that problem.

The authors of books 18 – 24 will be covered tomorrow.

And now I shall go cuddle with my Kindle.

Fun Facts About Tor's Free eBooks Authors, Part 2


Photography: tvol

More about some of the authors featured at Tor’s Freebies Bonanza. Here was part 1.

Onwards…

Reiffen’s Choice – Fantasy – Book 1 of a Series
by S. C. Butler

I don’t know if he likes bears in real life, but he does like writing about shape-shifting ones. Also, he writes a monthly column for SF Novelists, with entries like Why I Like Jane Austen and E.E. “Doc” Smith.

Sun of Suns – Science Fiction – Book 1 of a Series
by Karl Schroeder

Among other things (like being a cool user of Plone), he’s involved with technological foresight work for the Canadian government.
You can also get another novel of his, Ventus, for free at his website.

Four and Twenty Blackbirds – Alternate History – Book 1 of a Series
by Cherie Priest

Gal blogs a lot; hooray for writers-what-are-bloggers! And also she’s got a really good About page, as well as columns over at SF Novelists.

Spirit Gate – Fantasy – Book 1 of a Series
by Kate Elliott

Here’s another site of hers with great articles related to writing. She’s also been featured on John Scalzi’s The Big Idea series.

Starfish – Science Fiction – Book 1 of a Series
by Peter Watts

He knows cool stuff about marine animals! His older novels and short stories are available on his site for download under the Creative Commons License. PDFs are available for all, and MobiPocket for the books.

Touch of Evil – Fantasy – Book 1 of Series
by C. T. Adams and Cathy Clamp

A dynamic duo in paranormal romance, it’s rare that two authors can work in tandem so well. (They each have also published separately.) Cathy also wrote a list of articles about writing.

A Shadow in Summer – Fantasy – Book 1 of a Series
by Daniel Abraham

His short story, The Cambist and Lord Iron, is 2008 Hugo nominee. He has a great deal to say about fiction and writing.

Orphans of Chaos – Fantasy – Book 1 of a Series
by John C. Wright

His blog is quite fun to read and I highly recommend it. Bloggers try not to bore; he doesn’t seem to have that problem.

The authors of books 18 – 24 will be covered tomorrow.

And now I shall go cuddle with my Kindle.

Fun Facts About Tor’s Free eBooks Authors, Part 1


Photography: tvol

Hopefully you’ve already gone and filled your Kindle with free Mobis from Tor Books’ promotion (expires July 27th, 2008).

Here are some Fun Facts about the writers of 9 of the 24 books available:

Mistborn – Fantasy – Book 1 in a Series
by Brandon Sanderson

In preparation for writing the final book in The Wheel of Time, he re-read the entire series and blogged about the experience.

Old Man’s War – Science Fiction – Book 1 in a Series
by John Scalzi

John Scalzi, besides running the Whatever hangout, is generally hailed as the new Heinlein. I can tell you he’s a less preachy version of Heinlein, if that’s so. His most famous article, across national newspapers and the web alike, is Being Poor.

Spin – Science Fiction – Standalone – Thriller
by Robert Charles Wilson

A fun read from his website: Human Contingency and Finding What You Want at the Bookstore.

Farthing – Alternative History – Book 1 in a Series
by Jo Walton

She currently blogs not just on her LJ, but also on Tor.com, starting off with the kick-ass and hive-kicking entry The Singularity Problem and Non-Problem.

The Outstretched Shadow – Fantasy – Book 1 of the Obsidian Trilogy
by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

Look, even more eBooks of her works from Baen! And he wrote the novel adaptation of the Merlin miniseries; first chapter samples here.

Crystal Rain – Science Fiction – Book 1 of a Series
by Tobias S. Buckell

Dude blogs a lot, by which I mean he’s one of those writers who know-know about blogging.

Lord of the Isles – Fantasy – Book 1 of a Series
by David Drake

You know, I honestly think this is the only heroic fantasy series out there that draws inspiration from Sumerian mythology. He talks about that, and writing the book, here.

Through Wolf’s Eyes – Fantasy – Book 1 of a Series
by Jane Lindskold

Unlike quite a few folks in the fantasy magic wolves business, Jane Lindskold knows about wolves.

The Disunited States of America – Alternate History/Science Fiction – In a Series
by Harry Turtledove

Many know his alternative history work, but his YA Crosstime Traffic series has more than a touch of science fiction. And here’s an audio interview with the master of alternative history himself.

More fun facts for books 10 – 17 and books 18 – 24 tomorrow and Saturday.

Fun Facts About Tor's Free eBooks Authors, Part 1


Photography: tvol

Hopefully you’ve already gone and filled your Kindle with free Mobis from Tor Books’ promotion (expires July 27th, 2008).

Here are some Fun Facts about the writers of 9 of the 24 books available:

Mistborn – Fantasy – Book 1 in a Series
by Brandon Sanderson

In preparation for writing the final book in The Wheel of Time, he re-read the entire series and blogged about the experience.

Old Man’s War – Science Fiction – Book 1 in a Series
by John Scalzi

John Scalzi, besides running the Whatever hangout, is generally hailed as the new Heinlein. I can tell you he’s a less preachy version of Heinlein, if that’s so. His most famous article, across national newspapers and the web alike, is Being Poor.

Spin – Science Fiction – Standalone – Thriller
by Robert Charles Wilson

A fun read from his website: Human Contingency and Finding What You Want at the Bookstore.

Farthing – Alternative History – Book 1 in a Series
by Jo Walton

She currently blogs not just on her LJ, but also on Tor.com, starting off with the kick-ass and hive-kicking entry The Singularity Problem and Non-Problem.

The Outstretched Shadow – Fantasy – Book 1 of the Obsidian Trilogy
by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

Look, even more eBooks of her works from Baen! And he wrote the novel adaptation of the Merlin miniseries; first chapter samples here.

Crystal Rain – Science Fiction – Book 1 of a Series
by Tobias S. Buckell

Dude blogs a lot, by which I mean he’s one of those writers who know-know about blogging.

Lord of the Isles – Fantasy – Book 1 of a Series
by David Drake

You know, I honestly think this is the only heroic fantasy series out there that draws inspiration from Sumerian mythology. He talks about that, and writing the book, here.

Through Wolf’s Eyes – Fantasy – Book 1 of a Series
by Jane Lindskold

Unlike quite a few folks in the fantasy magic wolves business, Jane Lindskold knows about wolves.

The Disunited States of America – Alternate History/Science Fiction – In a Series
by Harry Turtledove

Many know his alternative history work, but his YA Crosstime Traffic series has more than a touch of science fiction. And here’s an audio interview with the master of alternative history himself.

More fun facts for books 10 – 17 and books 18 – 24 tomorrow and Saturday.